[puht-ee-root, -roo t]


an American orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, having a slender naked rootstock that produces a leafless stalk with a loose cluster of yellowish-brown flowers.

Nearby words

  1. putto,
  2. putty,
  3. putty in someone's hands,
  4. putty knife,
  5. putty powder,
  6. putumayo,
  7. putz,
  8. puva,
  9. puvis de chavannes,
  10. puvis de chavannes, pierre

Origin of puttyroot

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; putty1 + root1

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